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Thylacosmilus by Eurwentala Thylacosmilus by Eurwentala
Another one ispired by Mauricio Antón's book Sabertooth.

Thylacosmilus atrox was the most famous of the marsupial sabertooths. These weird predators lived in South America during the Miocene and Pliocene, when it was isolated from other continents and evolved a really weird and unique fauna.

The sabers of Thylacosmilus were so big they went all the way up the snout inside it's skull. The roots of the fangs are actually above the creature's eyes. It seems they grew continuously much like the incisors of rodents, which might work as a sort of insurance against breaking a tooth. Also, the bite of this 100 kg animal was apparently weaker than that of a domestic cat.
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Sheather888 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
This rendition is absolutely beautiful and just so very lifelike!
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Thanks! :)
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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny, I just learned about this bloke over the weekend, from a five year old, no less!!
Quite a badass this guy!
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vasix Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The marsupial sabertooth sometimes gets extremely exaggerated and long sabers and flanges. Nice to see a change from this, mwith a more normally proportioned creature
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Yeah, I was specifically attempting to make it look like a real animal instead of a movie monster. Mammals often have really, really weird and monstrous skulls, but the amount of soft tissue their heads have masks almost all of it.
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vasix Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, Mammal skulls are the worst. So much muscle and fur and lots of extra stuff covering them
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Yeah. Muscular lips and fleshy noses and external ears and everything.
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vasix Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tch, tell me about it!
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AlexornisAntecedens Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
That is very good. 
Also, a quick question. Wasn't Thylacosmilus actually not a marsupial, but a closely related metatherian called sparassodonts? At least that's what I heard.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Thanks!

Yeah, it seems sparassodonts are not considered to be part of Marsupialia proper at the moment at least. They are a part of Metatheria, though, and could be called marsupials in the broad sense. The common name 'marsupial sabertooth' is pretty widespread, even though it might be a bit misleading.
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